Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011


Yes, we had a 5.8 earthquake here… in Virginia… yesterday! 

O. M. G. 

I was on my cell phone with my sister in law and it sounded like the children were above me, jumping up and down.  Then I realized that this room doesn’t have anything above it.  So I yelled for them to come downstairs and we went to the front door.  Our windows were rattling like crazy.  It was very scary.

When Steve called later, he said that he was in the back of his truck (he’s a UPS driver, in case you forgot or are new here) looking for a package and it felt like someone was shaking it.  He stopped and looked out the mirrors to see who it was.  Just then the home owner came out yelling “It’s an earthquake!!!”.  Duh! 

We did have an after shock around 8 pm that the boy and I felt.  It was a slight vibration, no big deal.  Here are the full details I found online and posted to my Face book page….

Magnitude 5.8 - VIRGINIA

2011 August 23 17:51:04 UTC

Earthquake Details
  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.



  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:04 UTC
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:04 PM at epicenter

37.936°N, 77.933°W

6 km (3.7 miles)



  • 8 km (5 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, VA
  • 11 km (7 miles) SSE (148°) from Louisa, VA
  • 29 km (18 miles) NE (45°) from Columbia, VA
  • 61 km (38 miles) NW (317°) from Richmond, VA (here we are)
  • 135 km (84 miles) SW (217°) from Washington, DC

I’d say we were pretty close to the epicenter, huh?!  I’d prefer NOT to feel that again.  Nathan was impressed and excited once we all settled down.  Sarah seemed un phased at the time.  But at bedtime, she said she felt her bed shaking and was scared.  I’m not totally sure if she was using that as a reason not to go to bed or she was really scared but I didn’t take it lightly.  You really don’t know how kids react to things until it happens and they all deal differently. 

Oh but hold the phone, Irene (hurricane) is heading this way.  Let’s see how many natural disasters we can handle in one week.  I’m off to the basement to make sure our things are out of the way of water in case we get flooding.  Aren’t I the lucky one!?!?!

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